May all beings have happiness and
the causes of happiness.
first verse, we generate the mind of Love (Loving-kindness). From the very depths of our heart, we radiate in
all directions the sincere wish for all living beings to have happiness and the causes that bring happiness.
immeasurable quality of Loving-kindness is boundless, open, and pure—an
all-embracing love, dedicated to serving the highest welfare of all beings. Like a nurturing mother who
protects and cares for her children, this sublime Love brings comfort, tenderness, warmth, and understanding to
those in need. Always unconditional, free of self-interest, attachment, or expectation, Loving-kindness
seeks no reward or compensation. This Love is the very heart of generosity, sympathy, and benevolence.
In this way, Loving-kindness opens the heart and dissolves resentment, anger, hatred, possessiveness, and
Our Loving-kindness—our sincere wish for all beings to have happiness—must extend even further than those to whom
we feel close. Our Loving-kindness must extend to and embrace all living beings throughout all realms of existence
for it to become sublime, limitless, and immeasurable.
Source: Used with permission from Neil Cohen at Naljor Prison
Dharma Service, PO Box 1177, Mount Shasta CA 96067.
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